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Forum Flash: July 17, 2007

Making Sure Quality Counts and Youth are Engaged

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July 17, 2007

 

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Launching the Ready by 21 Quality Counts Initiative
Hot Off the Press: Core Principles for Engaging Young People in Community Change
Forum Staff Plan & Lead Sierra Health Foundation Regional Youth Development Conference


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July 25, 2-3 p.m. EST: Successful Public-Private Partnerships for Youth Programs Audio Conference is intended to assist program developers and intermediaries,
community organizations and policy makers by sharing information on creating and maintaining effective public-private partnerships to improve and expand youth programs and initiatives. To learn more, click here
Read a related resource from The Finance Project: A Guide to Successful Public-Private Partnerships for Youth Programs 
Read another related resource, Business Leadership: Supporting Youth Development and the Talent Pipeline, Corporate Voices for Working Families created in partnership with the Forum.


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Dear Forum Flash Reader,

Thanks to recent grants from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Atlantic Philanthropies, the Forum is launching the Ready by 21 Quality Counts Initiative. In this issue, you'll learn more about this three-year project we are running with High/Scope and the National Training Institute. In addition, we're releasing a paper on core principles for engaging young people in community change and recapping the first REACH Regional Youth Development Conference in Sacramento. In case you missed it last week, please take a few minutes to fill out our Web site re-design survey in the sidebar. And don't miss information on the upcoming audio conference we're leading with The Finance Project on public-private partnerships.


Launching the Ready by 21 Quality Counts Initiative
The Forum is embarking on a three-year partnership with High/Scope and the National Training Institute to improve the quality and reach of youth programs and policies in communities across the country thanks to major support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Atlantic Philanthropies. The Forum will manage the initiative and use its Ready by 21 framework to help communities engage stakeholders, assess leadership and program capacity, identify policy priorities and build momentum for quality improvement systems. Learn more


Hot Off the Press:Core Principles for Engaging Young People in Community Change

Core Principles PaperEngaging young people as partners in community change is a compelling idea, but translating that idea into effective practice requires focused attention to a range of issues. The principles described in this paper emerged from the commingling of research and practice that occurred when the Forum merged with Community IMPACT! USA. They are important but simple principles for putting the idea of youth engagement into practice. They can be implemented in a wide range of organizations, including schools, youth organizations or community centers that want to strengthen their commitment to youth leadership, or community-change focused organizations or coalitions that want to strengthen their commitment to youth involvement. Read the report


Forum Staff Plan & Lead Sierra Health Foundation Regional Youth Development Conference

Sierra Health FoundationAlmost 300 youth and adult leaders gathered at the first REACH Regional Youth Development Conference (a program of the Sierra Health Foundation) in Sacramento, California on July 10. The conference, planned with support from the Forum, focused on specific strategies that community coalitions can use to improve the odds for children and youth. Forum Executive Director Karen Pittman delivered the keynote address, challenging participants to change the way they do business so that all young people are Ready by 21. For the luncheon plenary, Forum Managing Director Merita Irby interviewed youth mobilizers from the Oasis/Community IMPACT! team from Nashville, Tennessee, on ways that they have brought about school and community change. Karen and Merita also led workshops on moving local policy agendas, building coalitions, strengthening youth councils and improving the quality of programs and the workforce.

Learn more about a new job opening in Sacramento's Office of Youth Development

 


Sincerely,

Karen Pittman
The Forum for Youth Investment

 

Publishing Date: 
July 17, 2007